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Godzilla (2014)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 259
Fresh: 189 | Rotten: 70

With just enough human drama to anchor the sweeping spectacle of giant monsters smashing everything in sight, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla satisfyingly restores the franchise's fire-breathing glory.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 17

With just enough human drama to anchor the sweeping spectacle of giant monsters smashing everything in sight, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla satisfyingly restores the franchise's fire-breathing glory.

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In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure "Godzilla." From visionary new director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. (c) Warner Bros

Sep 16, 2014

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This is what you get, San Francisco, with all your douchey, flashy, dot-com money: You get stomped on by Godzilla.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Godzilla handles everything the military hurls at him: ships, guns, planes, rockets, even a squadron of HALO paratroopers. The only thing that can cut him down to size is being relegated to a supporting role in his very own movie.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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The beasts just want to have fun, but the gravest letdown in Edwards's film is that, most of the time, he fends off the chance to have fun himself.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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We're here to see the film's leading lizard, who is pretty gorgeously realized by an army of digitizers, even if he seems just a bit-player in his own movie for the first hour or so.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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The first truly joyous popcorn action movie of the season.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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It's a tad better than the 1998 Godzilla, perhaps, but that's not saying much.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Gareth Edwards' take on the king of the monsters is often entertaining, mature, and bold.

September 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This new Godzilla [...] walks a fine line, and that it never loses balance is something of a miracle.

September 15, 2014 Full Review Source: The Berks-Mont News
The Berks-Mont News

This reboot, for some un-godzilla-y reason, doesn't want to admit it's a creature-feature B-movie. Serious actors seriously try to make their running-down-a-corridor or obsession-with-a-contaminated-site or stares-at-a-monster very dramatic and believable

August 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Cranston is our true hero, Godzilla our anti-hero, and they get the bum's rush in favor of flat depictions of other characters and creatures we've seen so many times before...

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes
Forbes

It has wonderful visuals and some terrific beats, yet has little-to-no story with woefully thin and passive characters.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

A foreboding aura manifests itself, and what Gareth Edwards and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey do throughout all of the giant monster scenes is keep them in perspective, framing every shot of the monster with scale in mind.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Rekindles a love for the great summer blockbuster and the monsters of our treasured nightmares.

July 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

What is the line? 'It's not the Godzilla film you want, but it's the Godzilla film you need?' But it's neither.

July 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

[T]here's a sometimes doggedly to-the-point quality to the film that you can't help admiring in contrast to the breathlessness of so much CGI cinema.

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

While there's not much genuine tension along the way, the film manages a few clever twists within its mainstream framework that allow it to escape some of the pointless pitfalls of many other remakes.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Exhibiting such creative styles of directing, Edwards hones in on all of Godzilla's personality traits that have made him such an icon to the cinematic universe.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: AwardsCircuit.com
AwardsCircuit.com

... 60 years after he first appeared onscreen, Hollywood finally has done "Godzilla" right.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

More disaster movie than monster movie, "Godzilla" is a thrilling film with a faint examination of imperialistic hubris.

June 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

An air of unfamiliarity, strangeness, and gloom hangs over this sci-fi blockbuster.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It cracks me up to hear people complaining about the dramatic depth of the human characters. THIS IS A GODZILLA MOVIE...AND IT RULES!!!

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review
Reno News and Review

I swear that same sense of dread that overwhelmed me watching all those cheesy if menacing "monster movies" of the '50s and '60s came back once more, only now accompanied by a recognizable cast and superior special effects.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Your Movies (cleveland.com)
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

A proper-sized blockbuster, where the humans are wholly incidental.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Sure, there's something to be said for teasing an audience... ratcheting up anticipation of what's eventually to come. But at some juncture - much earlier than director Gareth Edwards intends - Godzilla needs to stop being an extra in his own movie.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Godzilla returns in an installment that's certainly better than Roland Emmerich's disastrous 1998 effort...

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A lot of descriptive words can be used to critique the new Godzilla, but the last one I ever expected to use was 'dull.'

May 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Audience Reviews for Godzilla

Gareth Edwards knows how to direct his material, waiting patiently to reveal his most gratifying tricks and sequences. Filled with solid performances and plenty of satisfying moments, 'Godzilla's great parts combine into a film that altogether triumphs its slow start and tedious romantic subplot.
September 7, 2014
Kase Vollebregt

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The much anticipated reboot of the flagging franchise that was kinda abused and left for dead back in 1998 by Roland Emmerich. A revamped origins tale set in the present day with a much darker moodier semi realistic approach that everybody kinda expected to be like 'Pacific Rim' but wasn't.

I'm not gonna lie and say this movie isn't cheesy, its all about huge monsters that are awakened from the bowels of the Earth and go rampaging through our city streets...oh and these monsters eat radiation. Indeed the story starts out in a very cheesy hammy sandwich type manner much like the Emmerich version back in 98. A couple large egg-like cocoons are accidentally discovered by a mining company, one happens to be fresh and open leaving a rather huge obvious trail down to the seafront. The appearance of these two insectoid-like monsters triggers the appearance of Godzilla for some reason whose existence has been known about since 1954 by the US government...can never trust that US government huh. What was that huge skeleton then? a long dead Godzilla?

I like how the military pick up Cranston and his son when snooping around the ruins of Janjira and take them back to the top secret base where they keep the monster. Why would you take trespassers back to your top secret base and show them everything? I did like the little moment showing some bugs crawling over tiny toy tanks in the ruins, clever little wink there.

It seems that these monsters were driven underground millions of years ago I think it was, hibernating if you will. All that time they have lived on radiation deep within the Earth but...would there be enough radiation for such large creatures? wouldn't these creatures ever need to move around or require oxygen to breathe? Now I realise these things all tie in with Godzilla lore and the film is of course an all out fantasy flick about monster mashing but at the same time its been made in a serious way so questions will be raised. I know Godzilla has his trademark atomic breath attack (like a dragon) and these things emit EMP attacks, but how would that stuff even work in a semi- realistic movie like this? is there enough radiation for such vast creatures to live on when on the surface? I'm no scientist so beats me, doesn't seem feasible.

I still don't really get why Godzilla even pops up in this story, does he merely awaken to hunt the other two monsters? how does he even know they are around? why does he hunt them? he clearly has some kind of grudge against these things. Since Godzilla has been around since 1954 what has he been doing all this time?? if he lives to hunt the other monsters what the hell does he do to pass the time?!! anyone?? And how in God's name does he NOT get seen by any living soul??!! the thing is fucking massive!! you're telling me he's never been spotted or detected when swimming around or possibly popping up for some sunshine. Seriously I know I'm a picky bastard but come on!

So apart from the patchwork plot what else has this got? well if you're wanting monster battles then not much. Most of the overly long run time is merely watching human characters and their rather mundane problems as their world gets crushed around them. You'd think the development would be solid but its not really, its very shallow, very cliched and wholly boring frankly. What's more the damn bare faced false advertising of man of the moment Cranston as a main character is unbelievable! He's the only character of any interest and they kill the bugger off in the first twenty odd minutes!

The whole movie does play out like and have a very clear Speilbergian quality to it if you ask me. The entire approach both story wise and visually feels like a vamped up 'Close Encounters'...or 'Jaws' even. The way they hide the creatures right until the finale, lots of hinting, the dreary character arcs, the eerie foreboding, the bleak colour scheme and lighting etc...The only problem is this is a Godzilla movie, you pay to see Godzilla, you pay to see Godzilla kicking another monsters ass, you don't pay to see dull humans talking about how they can stop this rarely seen threat. Seriously Watanabe had a face like a goldfish for the entire run time, that's all he did...look shocked through multiple facial closeups accompanied by dramatic musical crescendos. In fact there were loads of overly dramatic moments with facial closeups and dialog read in an overly dramatic manner, quite amusing.

Once we see Godzilla he does look the business admittedly, the beast is gigantic imposing scary and spot on design wise. This Godzilla really looks like the classic Zilla we've all seen in the old Japanese flicks, its his face and spine scales that really sell it this time. The other monsters are fair enough but nothing outstanding, more like rejects from that Del Toro movie with their glowing luminous eyes and...errr luminous glowing egg sack cocoon things. I'm not a Godzilla connoisseur so I don't know but doesn't Zilla ever eat humans? would have been cool to see, plenty of stomp fodder of course which was sweet...yep I know that seems a bit sadistic but hey its a Godzilla movie.

In the end most of the movie doesn't feel like a Godzilla movie but a movie about military folk trying to get a bomb from one place to another and then trying to disarm it. The monster jiggery pokery merely happens in the background. When it does kick off at the end it does so spectacularly...as Godzilla saves the humans? Yep he kills the naughty beasties then simply slumps off back into the ocean without so much as a whiff of human munching. Oh and all the survivors of what's left of San Francisco cheer him as he does so...from the utter ruins of their city. Yes the movie looks fantastic all the way through, Godzilla looks fantastic, the final boss fight at the end looks fantastic and there are some fantastic sequences like the HALO jump.

Despite my hardline review I did kinda enjoy the film and I appreciate how they went about it by not slapping all their cards on the table at once. Whether that was the ideal way to go for this franchise is debatable and I'm sort of borderline with it. Its a solid new Godzilla from Hollywood but personally I think they have kinda acted a bit sneaky and have purposely held Godzilla back aiming to go all out with the possible (slightly inevitable) sequel...dare I say trilogy? Is it just me being cynical or does this seem to be the game plan more often these days.
September 2, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Fully realized spectacle doesn't break new ground in the wake of the superior "Pacific Rim," but it's ultimately the unconvincing and rather uninteresting human drama (unfortunately the focus here) that renders the film average pop corn entertainment at best when so much more was promised. "Monsters," directed by Gareth Edwards on a shoe-string budget, was an infinitely better character drama as well as creature feature.
August 8, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

Like two eyed blade, 'Godzilla' could also have the same mark to its audiences : whether they love it or they just find it ordinary.. I mean such a waste to hire Bryan Cranston or Juliette Binoche but didn't gave them the chance to live by the end of the movie, but instead gave a newly bulked up actor named Aaron Taylor-Johnson to take the lead, well for me it's definitely a big blow, especially because the other cast were awesome such as David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, or Sally Hawkins.. But the story itself, yes it quite interesting how Godzilla wants to protect humanity from Muto (kinda strange huh?) and suddenly at the end of the movie he breathe fire (what the hell?) and also live from a nuclear blast (the Mutos were dead), so this is the highest review I can give to this new Godzilla movie.. But I like how they want to change the story from just an ordinary disaster type movie into such a disaster-superhero movie.. At least it's a nice try and luckily for the producers, they still got a good reviews..
July 20, 2014
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    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: We call him...... ???!
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    1. Vivienne Graham: The top of a primordial ecosystem, a god for all intents and purposes.
    2. Ford Brody: A monster
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    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: The arrogance of men is thinking that nature is in our control, and not the other way around.
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    1. Team Member #2: Is the bridge secure?
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    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in his control, and not the other way around. Let them fight.
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    1. Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza: Nature has an order, a power to restore balance.
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